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P.E.I.'s representative in the federal cabinet, Gail Shea, whas the Fisheries and Oceans portfolio. Canadian Press

A federal cabinet minister is questioning whether MLA Hal Perry really crossed the floor to join the Liberals because he couldn't speak out against changes to employment insurance.

Last week, Perry crossed the floor from the Progressive Conservatives to the Liberals. Perry said a lot of his constituents are upset about changes to the EI system, but as a Progressive Conservative he was not able to publicly oppose them.

Egmont MP Gail Shea said she has never spoken to Perry about EI, despite the fact that she is the province's representative in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet.

“Hal contacted my office once for a meeting that was subsequently set up last December. Hal then cancelled the meeting and couldn’t find a time to reschedule that meeting,” said Shea.

“If this was such a big issue for him, he could have made time to meet with me.”

Shea and Perry both represent western P.E.I.

She said she has heard from many people who are disappointed in Perry's decision.

Shea added the Progressive Conservatives on P.E.I. have nowhere to go but up.